25 Mai 2012

Univ of Massachusetts Chemical Engineer develops a bio-based PET low cost process

New technology achieves a three times higher amounts of biomass-derived plastic from a ton of biomass

A team led by a University of Massachusetts chemical engineer has developed a low-cost, high-yield process for making one of the most common plastics using plant matter rather than petroleum. The new process produces polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which is used widely in soda and water bottles, as well as in synthetic fabrics such as polyester, reports PETCore.

“You can mix our renewable chemical with the petroleum-based material and the consumer would not be able to tell the difference,” said Paul J. Dauenhauer, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, who led the team of researchers from UMass and University of Delaware.

… Full Text: http://www.emballagedigest.fr/blog.php?2012/05/25/14336-univ-of-massachusetts-chemical-engineer-develops-a-bio-based-pet-low-cost-process

Tags: PET plastics, petroleum, p-xylene

Source: Emballage Digest, 2012-05-25.

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